Research Projects

We are currently supporting a range of researchers and research projects.

Cost effectiveness of brain injury interventions

Based at the Professor Dominic Trépel Research Group in the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI),Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Eileen Mitchell is working on an Enterprise Partnership Scheme that has been jointly funded by the Irish Research Council and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Working in collaboration with other researchers, this work aims to improve our understanding of the economics of brain health and have impact on the brain health for populations across the world, reaching into communities and across a global network. The societal cost of having an acquired brain injury is substantial. Eileen’s interest is to provide evidence on the cost-effectiveness of different treatment interventions to the policymakers to facilitate evidence-based decision-making. Bio: Eileen Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics from Queen’s University Belfast and a BSc in Economics with Spanish. Previously she worked with the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) to use behavioral economic methods to lower obesity levels, improve physical activity levels, and help mitigate climate change in the Spanish population. Following the completion of her Ph.D., she joined the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin as a research academic.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Roads to Recovery

Traumatic Brain Injury: Roads to Recovery is a research project looking at traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Ireland and pathways through rehabilitation. This research project is an important piece of research on Traumatic Brain Injury in Ireland. It is a collaborative project, involving Dublin City University, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Headway, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, and Cork University Hospital. The project is funded by the Health Research Board, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Headway. We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in our research and we would love to hear from you if you have experienced a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, you are aged 18 years or more, and you live in Ireland. We would also love to hear from you if you are a family member / carer of an individual with a traumatic brain injury. We would like to learn about your experience. Help us to understand how traumatic brain injury affects you and the type of rehabilitation you receive. If you would like to take part in our study talk to the DCU team Andrea Healy 087 753 7422 or Kate O’Donnell 087 439 7368. Or email tbi@dcu.ie  

Neuropsychological functioning and self-processes following brain injury

This study is looking at the relationship between cognitive skills, self-defining memories, coping skills and rehabilitation after brain injury over a time span of three years. We would like to better understand what might influence progress for people undergoing brain injury rehabilitation programmes and we will also examine the concept of post-traumatic growth. Manchester Metropolitan University will be supplying iPads and computerised cognitive tests which will form a core part of the data collection. Data collection, analysis and dissemination of the results will be done in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Limerick. The research team includes our own Dr. Lorraine Crawley, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Kevin Hughes, Assistant Psychologist with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. They are joined by Dr. Stephen Walsh, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University and Prof. Donal Fortune, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Limerick.

 

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